Samsung Galaxy Note was the phone that changed people’s perceptions about a phablet. The success of the model ensured a successor to the device, along with frequent updates from Samsung putting it on par with other flagship devices in the terms of the Android version the device is currently running. If you can’t recall, Galaxy Note was rolled out with Gingerbread onboard, but it didn’t take long for ICS and JB updates to launch for the device.
Hoping that you are an Android fanatic, chances are you have updated your device to the latest Jelly Bean firmware. And if you already boast of the latest firmware on your Note, we will help you root your device with this guide. If you don’t already have Jelly Bean installed on your device, go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update and finally press the Update button to update your phone to Jelly Bean fist so that you can have superuser access on the best Operating System version for your phone.
In case you are wondering what rooting an android device means, it allows you to modify the system files on your device allowing you to do some wonderful things that you had always wanted to do on your device, be it increasing the internal memory, changing the screen density, installing the latest Android version on your phone, customizing every single aspect of your device and what not. All these things come at the cost of two things, your manufacturer’s warranty and a small risk of ending up with a bricked device. Although the chances of the latter are really low unless you so something really stupid (or are extremely unlucky), the first thing is bound to happen. That is, your manufacturer’s warranty is gone forever. Well, not forever, because unrooting your device and using Chainfire’s TriangleAway app lets you get back to the stock phone your manufacturer expects you to have. We have talked a lot, I think you are mentally prepared enough to proceed with the guide.
Before you proceed:
- Charge your phone to about 60%
- Backup your important data and contacts, just in case.
- Rooting voids your warranty, don’t proceed ahead if you don’t understand the risks.
- A Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
- A Laptop/Desktop running Windows
- KIES/Pdanet to install drivers
- Internet Connection
- Root Kernel N7000ZSLM5 for Galaxy Note (File Size: 8 Mega Bytes; File Format: .tar; File Hosted by: Mediafire)
- Odin v1.85 (File Size: 199 Kilo Bytes; File Format: .zip; File Hosted by: Xda Developers Forum)
- Transfer all the downloaded files to your PC.
- Extract the Odin zip file in any folder you want, on you your PC.
- Install drivers for your phone using KIES or Pdanet.
- Switch off your Galaxy Note. This is required to boot in to download mode on your phone, which is necessary for Odin to communicate with and transfer files to your phone. Once the phone shuts down completely, press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power button until you see a warning message on your phone yelling something about download mode.
- Press the Power button to confirm that you are sure you want to proceed to the Download mode.
- In the folder in which you extracted the Odin zip file, find the executable Odin fie and run it as administrator (by right clicking on the exe file).
- With your phone still in Download mode, connect your phone to the PC using USB cable.
- If the phone is connected as it should be and the drivers have been installed properly, an “Added” message will be displayed in Odin. A COM Port with random number will also be visible, yellow in colour. If everything is not exactly as described above, that is, Odin doesn’ detect your phone, don’t proceed further before rectifying the problem.
- In the Odin window, click the PDA button. It will ask you the location of the tar file. Locate the .tar.md5 Root Kernel you downloaded from the downloads section.
- Make sure that everything except the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time option is UNTICKED in Odin.
- When you are feeling courageous enough, press the Start button in Odin. This will initiate the flashing process. Wait patieintly till the flashing is completed. This will be confirmed by a PASS message in Odin.
- As the Auto Reboot option was ticked, your phone will automatically reboot and once you see the Home screen, you can disconnect your phone from the computer.
- Check if you have successfully rooted your phone. First of all, check if an app called “Superuser” has been installed on your device. Then, download Root Checker from the Play Store and check your root permissions. If you pass through this test, download Titanium Backup and try deleting some system app that you never liked (like the stock email). Search the web scrounging for other awesome things you can do once you root your Galaxy Note.
Note: Please note that the p;rocedure above is meant only for the international version of Samsung Galaxy Note model number GT-N7000. Don’t try it on any other Galaxy Note model, otherwise you are at the risk of bricking your device because trying to flash any other device’s kernel on your device is extremely harmful.
Wasn’t it easy? Still, if it didn’t sound easy to you, it wasn’t as dreadful as the term Rooting might sound to some. As always, if there was any step above that bounced over your head and you couldn’t get it, or something didn’t work out as it was expected to, do let us know in the comments section.